Geriatric Care for Pets
As our pets age, geriatric care for our senior cats and dogs becomes essential to helping them feel healthy and comfortable. Our Oakland geriatric veterinarians are here to provide comprehensive services for your aging four-legged friend.
Geriatric Care for Senior Dogs & Cats
Preventive veterinary care and early diagnosis are critical to maintaining the health of our senior pets. Attending regularly scheduled wellness exams with your pet - even if they seem healthy - and taking other measures to practice diligent care can help promote your pet's good health as they age, and extend their life.
Our highly skilled veterinary team is here to provide exceptional geriatric care to your senior pet. This includes identifying any emerging health issues and offering early, proactive treatment while issues can still be managed easily and effectively.
Is my pet considered 'old'?
You may be surprised to learn your pet is already a senior, even though they still act young and spry. Did you know that cats and small-to-medium sized dogs are considered seniors around the age of 7?
Larger breed dogs typically have shorter life spans, so they are considered to be seniors when they reach 6 years old.
Typical Health Problems
Due to better veterinary care and improved dietary options, companion cats and dogs are living far longer today than they have in decades past.
While we love to see a longer average lifespan for our four-legged friends, veterinarians and pet owners are facing more age-related conditions as a result than they did in the past.
The typical senior pet is prone to these conditions.
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Joint or bone disorders
- Urinary tract disease
- Blindness and hearing loss
- Heart disease
Veterinary Care for Seniors
Our vets will give your senior pet a thorough exam, inquire about their home life in detail and conduct any tests that may be needed to gain more insight into his or her overall physical health and condition.
Based on our findings, the vet will recommend a treatment plan that may include activities, dietary changes and/or medications to help improve your senior pet's comfort, health and wellbeing.
Routine Wellness Exams
To live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life, your senior pet needs attentive preventive care. Bringing your pet in for regular checkups gives our veterinarians a chance to detect diseases early.
Early detection of health conditions and diseases can help preserve your pet's physical health, and catch developing health problems before they become long-term issues.
Your pet will have the best chance at quality long-term health with regular physical examinations.
Compassionate Hospice Care
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy. If you are having difficulty caring for a sick pet at home or are wondering if it's time to let them go, we offer compassionate hospice care. If euthanasia is truly the only humane option, we will ensure you understand the process and make every effort to accommodate any final wishes you may have.